Assoc. Prof. dr. Irina Cristea, head

P: +386 5 62 05 833/395

Biography: Irina Elena Cristea received the PhD in Mathematics, with specialization in Algebra, in 2007, from the University of Constantza, Romania. She started the research career in 2003 at the University of Iasi, Romania, where she worked as Teaching Assistant for 4 years. After a postdoctoral position at Udine University, Italy, in January 2012, she was employed at the University of Nova Gorica, as Assistant Professor in Mathematics, conducting research in Algebraic Hyperstructure Theory. Since 2017, she is Associate Professor in Mathematics, being affiliated with the Centre for Information Technologies and Applied Mathematics. Since October 2020 she is co-chief editor of Italian Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics. Besides she is member of the editorial board of other 5 international journals and acts as a reviewer for numerous mathematical journals.

Role: She is currently teaching Mathematics at the School of Engineering and Management, School of Environmental Sciences, School of Applied Sciences. She is also the coordinator of several Erasmus agreements and member of the senate of the School of Engineering and Management. She is deputy head of the Centre for Information Technologies and Applied Mathematics from February 2017.

Research interests: algebraic hypercompositional structure theory and connections with fuzzy sets and their generalizations; mathematical models based on cluster analysis (hard and fuzzy version).


Prof. dr. Tanja Urbančič

P: +386 5 62 05 831

Biography: Tanja Urbančič is the Dean of the School of Engineering and Management at the University of Nova Gorica where she is a researcher and full professor in the field of computer science. She is also a part-time research fellow at the Department of Knowledge Technologies at the Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana. Her main research and teaching activities are in the field of knowledge management and knowledge technologies with applications in biomedicine and education. She contributed to the development of new methods for modelling of human skill and for knowledge discovery with literature mining. Recently, her focus has shifted mainly to open education. She co-authored several book chapters and journal papers in IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Engineering Review, International journal of innovating and learning, and others. She has over twenty years of experience with the design and implementation of study programmes and with the introduction of new teaching approaches into practice. She chairs the stirring committee for e-learning at the University of Nova Gorica and is one of the founding members of the Opening up Slovenia initiative. With Mitja Jermol, she developed and launched an international on-line mentoring program Open Education for a Better World in which expert guidance is provided to developers of open educational resources from the whole world. She has also experience from other international and national projects related to knowledge technologies and knowledge management, such as Sol-Eu-Net, ConCreTe and ExplorEdu. At the Master’s study program Engineering and Management she coordinates interdisciplinary student team projects for more than 10 years.

Role: Tanja Urbančič is full professor of computer science. She is a Dean of School of Engineering and Management at the University of Nova Gorica, where she also teaches knowledge management, coordinates students’ team projects and acts as a supervisor at the undergraduate and graduate level. She also works as a researcher in the Centre for Information Technologies and Applied Mathematics. She also started the project of the career centre at the University of Nova Gorica.

Research interests: modeling of human skill, knowledge discovery with data mining, knowledge management and its applications in medicine, public health and education.


Assist. Prof. dr. Hashem Bordbar

P: +386 5 62 05 816

Biography: Hashem Bordbar received the PhD in Mathematics in 2017 from the University of Shahid Bahonar, Iran. His research is related to the commutative algebra and algebraic hypercompositional structures. Also, he was awarded with a scholarship to carry out part of his Ph.D. research in the Gyeongsang National University, South Korea. As a postdoctoral fellow, he worked at the University of Shahid Beheshti, Iran. His research career in this period focused on applications of algebraic (hypercompositional)structures in computer sciences and coding theory. In December 2019 he joint the University of Nova Gorica, as a postdoc in the Centre of Information Technologies and Applied Mathematics. In March 2022 he gor his habilitation as Assistant Professor in mathematics.

Role: He is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering and Management, Faculty of Environmental Science, School of Viticulture and Enology and Faculty of Science. Also, he works as a researcher in Algebra within the Centre for Information Technologies and Applied Mathematics.

Research interests: commutative algebra, ordered algebra, hyperstructure algebra, fuzzy sets, coding theory and cryptography.


Prof. dr. Juš Kocijan

P: +386 5 62 05 832

Biography: Juš Kocijan received the doctorate in electrical engineering from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His past experience in the field of control engineering includes teaching and research at the University of Ljubljana and visiting research and teaching posts at several European universities and research institutes.

Role: He is currently a senior researcher at the Department of Systems and Control, Jozef Stefan Institute and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the School of Engineering and Management, University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia. His other experience includes: running a number of international and domestic research projects, serving as editor and on editorial boards of research journals, serving as a member of IFAC Technical committee on Computational Intelligence in Control. Prof. Kocijan is a Senior member IEEE, IEEE Control Systems Society, a member of SLOSIM – Slovenian Society for Simulation and Modelling and Automatic control society of Slovenia.

Research interests: modelling of dynamic systems with Gaussian process models, Control based on Gaussian process models, Multiple-model approaches to modelling and control, Applied nonlinear control, Individual Channel Analysis and Design.


Assoc. Prof. dr. Henrik Gjerkeš

P: +386 5 62 05 830

Biography: Henrik Gjerkeš graduated at the Faculty of Technology in Maribor. He finished his Masters and in 1999 PhD study at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana, where he worked as a researcher and assistant until 2006, when he started work as a fellow researcher and university professor – assistant professor at the School of Engineering and Management and the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Nova Gorica. His scientific-research work is supplemented with cooperation in national and international project activities in the field of sustainable development and innovative systems for renewable energy sources utilisation, in cooperation with economy, local and regional communities, non-government organisations and/or government offices. From 2009 to 2011 he was Minister for self-government and regional policy in the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. Since 2011 he is employed at the University of Nova Gorica and at the Building and Civil Engineering Institute ZRMK in Ljubljana.

Role: Henrik Gjerkeš is a lecturer of the subject Introduction to the modern technological systems at the School of Engineering and Management, and the subject Optimization procedures in environmental protection at the School of Environmental Sciences. He is a member of the Centre for Information Technologies and Applied Mathematics, mentor to numerous graduates, and a member of the Study affairs committee at the School of Engineering and Management.

Research interests: heat transfer, process engineering, sustainable development, renewable energy sources, efficiency energy use, environmental technologies, measurement techniques, modern technological systems, regional development, European cohesion policy.